Officials weigh in on bridge violations

checking-at-bridgeA weight limit is a weight limit, and officials are enforcing the one posted for the recently rebuilt Lower Turnpike Bridge in North Granville.

This past weekend, Town Constable Ray Boyea, along with state police and sheriffs were checking vehicles to make sure nothing overweight is going over the bridge.

“It’s a concern because if anything happens to that bridge, you’ll be cut off,” Town Supervisor Matt Hicks said, pointing out that there is a significant detour to that part of Granville without the bridge.

Hicks said locals can’t tow anything across the bridge and nothing above the posted weight limit should cross. Multiple signs on either end of the bridge clearly state legal limits.

“This is a big safety issue. It’s a low-rated bridge, and we’ve got to keep in compliance. We don’t want people taking liberties,” Hicks said. He said Boyea and the police were turning around vehicles that were too heavy to show that the rules are serious. They were also checking vehicles coming from a mud bogging event, which can often be overweight.

Hicks said he “really appreciated” Boyea’s work.

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